February 3, 2014

Saranac Central second-graders walk the walk

Saranac second-graders walk to raise money for Special Olympics



“It felt like we were doing something very special for somebody and doing it for special people,” said student Breyanna Bassett.

Dame was surprised at the amount of donations the project was garnering and noted how one student even brought in his piggy bank, wishing to contribute his savings to the Special Olympics.


In Alger’s class, which wore the pedometers next, student Keira Davidson carefully added her daily totals together to discover she had walked 18,000 steps in five days.

Walking that much was “tiring,” she said, but wearing the pedometer was “exciting and really fun to do.”

According to Hahn, whose class began wearing the devices next, his students were making every effort to take as many steps as possible.

“Getting them to stay seated is a big problem,” he said.

“I’ve been trying to run more in gym,” said student, Connor Lamora, who was able to clock 2,185 steps in just a few hours. 

“My favorite part is when I get back from all my (activities) and looking down (at) how much steps I got.”


In addition to promoting exercise and use of math, the project will be applied to the second-grader’s English language arts lessons, as they will write thank you notes to the many teachers who sponsored their steps.

But for Connor, the most rewarding part of the experience has been assisting others.

“My favorite part is helping people getting their money to go to the Special Olympics,” he said.

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